2021 Season

2021 Season

After months of discussion and keeping an eye on how the community is discovering new and creative ways to stay connected through the pandemic, NCPA has put together multiple opportunities for individuals and ensembles to virtually showcase their skills and continue with a safe, competitive, and educational winter season. Through the power of live events, we feel Virtual Streaming Showcases will help strengthen our community and celebrate all of our efforts, together, during these trying times.

Below are a list of our virtual performance offerings.


Virtual JAM-Boree
December 12th, 2020

NCPA is excited to be hosting a Virtual JAM-Boree to bring our community together to showcase the work ensembles have been doing in the fall. Included in JAM-Boree will be a virtual clinic with RCC Indoor percussion director Sean Vega, discussing design insight and performance topics for both directors and students. The Virtual JAM-Boree will be live streamed on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Please join us as we come together to celebrate our NCPA community! Broadcast will be a direct, live stream, and free for all viewers. Once the broadcast is over, there will not be any download options or additional streaming.

Here is how it works:

  • We are looking for performance footage, but also any candid material you have of the students and staff simply having a fun time
  • Directors submit footage to NCPA by December 5th
  • NCPA will then create the live stream JAM-Boree on a virtual platform (TBD)


NCPA Virtual Showcase
February 27, March 20, April 10 (Championships)

Virtual Showcases are intended for all ensembles (Percussion or Winds) to participate, regardless of parameters set by school districts for in-person, cohorts, or online learning. No matter what your program is doing this season, virtual showcases will have multiple benefits for your students. Ensembles will have the option to participate competitively or in exhibition.

Submissions are due one week before the broadcast. The broadcast will be a live stream via YouTube, and free for all viewers. There will be an interactive chat available for everyone to join in on the fun as well as educational videos. Once the broadcast is over, there will not be any download options or additional streaming.

Competitive Ensembles
Ensembles that choose to participate competitively will receive feedback (tapes) from WGI-caliber judges as well as a “festival” style ranking. Rankings will only be publicly posted for the championship showcase.

Exhibition Ensembles
Ensembles who enter the non-competitive portion of the showcase will have their video submissions broadcast and enjoy the benefits sharing their work with the community!

Registration for Virtual Showcases opens on February 1 and will remain open until 1 week prior to the showcase date. Registration instructions to come via email.

Registration fees will be $50 per Competitive and $30 per Exhibition submission. Ensembles with multiple video projects may submit multiple times.

NCPA will be adopting WGI’s virtual season rules found here.

NCPA requires all participants to comply with US Copyright Law regarding performance and/ or use of arrangements of copyrighted music, visual images and other materials, as well as the use of copyrighted audio, spoken text and display of copyrighted words and images.

We have compiled a set of FAQ’s for you regarding the Virtual Showcase offerings here.


Solo & Ensembles
March 13, 2021

I&E remains one of our favorite events during the season. We encourage as many students as possible to put their skills on display for our community while receiving great feedback from our judges. You also have a chance to win great prizes! This year, we’re limiting I&E to solos and duets only. Small Ensembles larger than 2 performers are welcome to submit their work to any one of the Virtual Showcases.

Here is how the process works:

  • Video submissions from each participant due by March 6
  • NCPA submits videos for adjudication and feedback
  • NCPA will then create a virtual showcase with placements, prizes, and awards

Registration opens on February 1, and registration fees will be $15 per submission. Additional I&E resources will be coming soon. Registration instructions to come via email.

We understand these are difficult times for your ensembles. If you have any questions or need anything from us here at NCPA, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Click here to read common I&E competition FAQ’s.

Click here to read I&E competition details.

Register for I&E here.